The "culture change movement" consists of thousands of people working at every level of long-term care to replace the traditional approach to institutional aging in nursing homes with settings that are real homes. Culture change is the common name given to this national movement to transform older adult services, based on person-centered and person-directed values and practices, where the voices of elders and those working with them always come first. Person-centered values include choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.
Culture change puts the person before the task. We support the transformation of both long and short-term living environments, as well as community-based settings, where everyone in supported living and their caregivers are able to express choice and practice self-determination in meaningful ways. We share a vision, a desire and a willingness to work for long-term and eldercare where the aging person's choices and wishes come first, and where meaningful relationships with others create genuine interaction not often found in yesterday's institutions.
Because we wanted to see culture change reflected throughout the continuum of aging services, LeadingAge Georgia took the initiative to begin the Culture Change Network of Georgia (founded in 2008). Georgia was the 31st state to begin a statewide group to focus on culture change.